The Hiatt Center offers academic programs leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Arts in Education, with a special focus on the challenges of educating children in an urban setting.
Our teacher education programs are an exciting and dynamic blend of university and school. Clark faculty from education and other liberal arts departments work together with local public school teachers and administrators as specialists in subject matter, curriculum, and classroom teaching to support the learning of Clark graduate and undergraduate students. The learning culture is collaborative, interdisciplinary and reflective because it embodies and draws together these vital educational perspectives.
Our programs combine high expectations and standards with strong support for students. We seek to attract students with an enthusiasm for learning, a strong interest in subject matter, a capacity for reflection and inquiry, a spirit of collaboration, and a desire to make a difference in the lives of diverse urban youth and the communities in which they live.
Partnering for Urban School Reform
The Hiatt Center partners with the Worcester Public Schools to provide a context for urban school reform.The award winning University Park Campus School (UPCS) was established jointly by the Hiatt Center and the Worcester Public Schools in 1996 as a public secondary school. It has received national recognition for excellence in urban schooling. The University Park Campus School/Clark University Institute for Student Success provides training for small school developers, leaders and teachers from across the nation to implement the leadership strategies and instructional techniques that have led to universal college readiness at UPCS.
The K-17 Professional Development Partnership is designed to study the kinds of practices and perspectives teachers need to elicit high levels of engagement and achievement from kids of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in an urban setting.
Clark education students do their practice training in local Worcester elementary and secondary schools.